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Home > Minerals

Mineral Supplements

What are Minerals?

Like vitamins, minerals are essential to life.  They are micronutrients involved in all enzyme activities and are integral components of biochemical compounds.  Minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and sodium are required in larger amounts and are called macrominerals. Other minerals such as boron, chromium, copper, iodine, zinc, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, sulfur, etc are needed in trace amounts.  They are often referred as trace minerals or microminerals.

Different minerals have different functions in our body.  Calcium is needed for healthy bones and teeth, normal heart action and nerve impulses.  Magnesium assists the absorption of calcium and is needed for normal nerve and muscle impulses, and energy metabolism.  Zinc and selenium are integral components of antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase respectively and are needed for proper immune functions, protein synthesis, and vitamin E absorption etc.


Why do we need mineral supplements?

Minerals occur naturally in soil and are taken up by plants which in turn eaten by herbivores, then by carnivores. We obtain minerals by consuming these plants and animals. However, modern farming practice has depleted the soil of many minerals and beneficial soil microbes. As a result, the food we consumed today has lower mineral content, especially for trace minerals such as zinc and selenium.

Mineral supplements are best consumed in chelated forms, e.g. selenocysteine and selenomethione are more bioactive than sodium selenite, and less likely to have adverse side effects due to over consumption. Mineral supplements should be taken in balanced amounts as over consumption of one mineral can affect the absorption of other minerals. Most mineral supplements are also combined with multi vitamin formulas.



Complete Multi-Vitamins & Minerals (Bestsellers):

Garden of Life Living Multi - 252 Caplets

Nature's Plus Source Of Life Multi No Iron - 180 Tablets

Solaray Spectro Multi W/O Iron - 250 Capsules

Source Naturals Life Force Multi / No Iron - 180 Capsules

Nature's Way Alive Iron Free Veg Caps - 90 Veggie Caps

Nature's Plus Ultra Source Of Life W/Lutein - 90 Tablets


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